First Shift Program


Canadian Tire First Shift Program

Launched in 2012, Grow the Game is a global initiative to add 1 million new players the game of hockey by 2022, with Canada serving as the starting point of those efforts.  Hockey in Canada has experienced historically low participation growth rates over the last few years, and today approximately 90% of Canadian families and their children choose not to play hockey.

Canadian Tire First Shift Program

The goal is to change the way hockey is offered.  Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our community, First Shift, and it’s follow-along, Second Shift, have been designed to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, FUN

The Mississauga Hockey League partnered with Bauer and Hockey Canada and offered this program in 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.  For 2019-2020, our 6 Area Association partners (Applewood, Erindale, Heartland, Lorne Park Clarkson, Meadowvale and Port Credit) will be offering the First Shift program across Mississauga.  Details are outlined below and registration can be done at

  Applewood Coyotes Erindale Spitfires Heartland Dragons Lorne Park Clarkson Wild Meadowvale Hawks Port Credit Storm
Welcome Event Saturday,
October 5, 2019
October 5, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Sunday,
October 6, 2019
October 6, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
  Noon 2:30pm Noon 2:30pm 5:00pm 5:00pm
  Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena
On-Ice Sessions
(6 in total)
Sunday, October 20, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019
  2:00pm 4:15pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 3:45pm 1:45pm
  Burnhamthorpe Arena Erin Mills Twin Arena (Rink 2) Paramount Fine Foods Centre (Rink 3) Carmen Corbasson Arena (West Rink) Meadowvale 4-Rinks Arena (Rink 2) Huron Park Arena
  1500 Gulleden Dr. 3205 Unity Dr. 5500 Rose Cherry Place 1399 Cawthra Rd. 2160 Torquay Mews 830 Paisley Blvd. W.

Cost for the program is $199 and includes a full set of equipment (from Bauer), and six weeks of on-ice training.

The Welcome Event (as referenced above) is very important to attend as this is when your child will be fitted for, and receive his or her equipment.  It’s also an opportunity to meet some folks from Hockey Canada, Bauer, and the Mississuaga Hockey League, who will be putting on the on-ice sessions for your players.

So, if you have a child (or know a child), aged 6-10, who might be interested in giving hockey a try, has never played organized hockey before, and you’re a Mississauga resident, let’s get you signed up!

And in case you’re wondering, yes, we do offer a “Second Shift” program for those players who wish to continue-on after First Shift.  Second Shift is a transitional program that builds on the skills learned in First Shift and prepares the player to join our League.  Details re Second Shift will be provided during the First Shift program.

Further details re the First Shift program can be found at